7,000 agriculture engineers are registered with Pakistan Engineering Council, but the BE (Agri) degree has been neglected by various sectors
Some 7,000 agriculture engineers are registered with Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), but the BE (Agri) degree has been neglected by various sectors including Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering and Irrigation, despite the fact that PEC has allowed universities for creating employment opportunities for agriculture engineers with the support of the private sector.
This transpired during the cheque distribution ceremony to three students in the final year of the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering for financial support of their final design project by the Pakistan Engineering Council at the university senate hall on Wednesday April 12, 2023.
The speakers urged that the status of agriculture engineering should be recognized, and this field should be separated from chemical engineering.
PEC plans creating job opportunities for agricultural engineers
Speaking on this occasion, Engr. Masood Rashid, the Advisor of the Pakistan Engineering Council said that PEC is planning to create job opportunities for agricultural engineers in collaboration with the industrial sector, in which salary will be paid by PEC and Industries, while training related to internship and human resources will also be organized.
He said that the final year students will make their business project and final design project, and PEC will provide financial support for the expansion of successful projects, while university experts have been allowed to serve as consultants.
Engr. Mehfooz Ursani said that there is no doubt that 50 percent of agriculture engineers face difficulties in getting employment in their field. He said that there are countless opportunities in the agricultural field, and with the innovative ideas the country’s GDP can become more stable.
Dr. Altaf Ali Siyal, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, said that B.E. (Agri) is a unique degree in Pakistan, but this degree is given a lower status than Civil and Mechanical Engineering. “Unfortunately, Agricultural Engineers are neglected at every forum. Perhaps the reason is that there are officials with the same degrees in the relevant institutions.”
Vice Chancellor Fateh Marri and Advisor PEC distributed financial assistance checks to students who submitted and got successful projects. Deans of various Faculties, faculty and a large number of students participated.